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Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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Our courses examine the ways global cultural and artistic practices reflect and transform modes of knowing, of feeling, of acting politically, and underpin conceptions of both individual and collective social identity. 

The Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature curriculum at University of Minnesota covers a wide range of media and art forms, from literature, to cinema, popular culture, music, and the visual arts. The department places a particular focus on the power of ideas; we like to think about how abstract questions in philosophy and theory address concrete problems in our material world. 

CSCL strives for a broad, international scope, and ranges widely across history and geography. We aim to produce critical, thoughtful, and well-rounded citizens prepared to work in a wide range of careers from media and journalism to academia, law, politics, medicine, non-profit work in schools, libraries, archives, museums, and community organizations, to advertising, business, entertainment, and other creative fields. Many of our graduates are path-breaking intellectuals, artistic innovators, and committed participants in social struggles that will shape our collective future. 

Career Exploration

In today's society, employers value flexibility, versatility, and critical thinking more than ever before. Students emerge from our undergraduate program with a number of valuable skills that can be applied to multiple academic and career paths. A bachelor's degree in CSCL or SCMC can lead to a career in advertising, film production, teaching, publishing, animation, and more. Our undergraduate program teaches students to be independent thinkers, with open minds and strong opinions that they can back up through their coursework in critical theory and cultural critique.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Cultural Studies: Rhetoric, Power, Desire
  • Literature
  • Cinema
  • Media: Word, Image, Sound
  • Reading Culture: Theory and Practice

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • Completed Application for Admission
  • $55 U.S. nonrefundable application fee
  • High school (9th-12th grade) courses and grades (Required)
  • English proficiency test scores (Required)
  • ACT and/or SAT scores (Optional)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    33330 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 33330 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    33330 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 33330 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    15104 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15104 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Minneapolis

  • 1130 - 2050 USD/month
    Living Costs

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